reveal glimpse of future bike tech
thing. Especially in cases like when Robert Egger, creative director of
bike-maker Specialized, wanted to make a faster road bike. He even ignored the
design rules of powerful international bicycle governing body the Union
Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
the "F" means. "FUCI ... stands for f*** the UCI," Chris
Hu, Specialized research and development engineer, told CNN.
the final say in the design of bicycles allowed to compete in those races and
is highly influential in the design of non-racing bikes.
very fun and decisive way," Egger said, making the point that rules aren't
always meant to be followed.
to CNN, the orange and white bike aims to push the limits of possibility. Here
are some of FUCI's features:
wheel -- which measures almost three feet in diameter -- stores energy and allows
the bike to maintain speed. The big wheel takes more effort to get moving from
a stop, so the bike includes a tiny motor to help the rider with that.
they are visible from the rear through tiny holes in the seat's backside. Brake
lights, headlights and the electric features on the bike are powered by a
lightweight lithium battery charged by a bike stand. The stand also has an
option for a solar panel mount if you want to go off-grid.
navigation system. Plug a smartphone into the niche between the bike's
handlebars, and it operates the bike's headlights and brake lights, and monitors
the tires for proper pressure. The rider uses an app to program bike routes and
can use real-time data to adjust his or her route to avoid traffic.
rider can store a wallet, keys, a snack, or any other small items you can think
of. Another cool feature: The trunk door is magnetically latched.